Every year there is the same question: what are the artists going to do on stage to impress? We know that a good song, a good voice is not enough to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore a lot of entries try to push their performances as much as possible in the visual way. In some years there is an overdose of kitsch elements, jumping people like in a circus or LED projections on shoes, stairways or even under dresses.
But sometimes the calm and plain entries receive a lot more attention, as they don’t do these – sometimes obtrusive – acts on stage. Those songs also have good chances to win, when they are simple and good, like “Molitva” from Marija Šerifović (Serbia 2007) or even reach a good rank like Tom Dice “Me And My Guitar” (Belgium 2010, 6th), or Ott Lepland with “Kuula” (Estonia 2012, 6th).
From what we have seen so far there is a lot of action with the Ukrainian entry, a 2.40 m tall guy carries Zlata on his hands like King Kong, Who See from Montenegro do wear Astronaut uniforms with helmets, the Moldovan singer Alyona uses a similar dress which can be illuminated with projectors like last year’s entry from Azerbaijan, but with one big difference that she stands on a small lift which pushes her up to three metres high, very dangerous, too! The Irish delegation puts percussionists back on stage, like in the 90’s. The Serbian girl group Moje 3 probably is wearing the probably worst outfit this year, unlike they change it again.
The highly expected entry from San Marino is well made, a bit dark in the beginning though, but shining when putting down her black cloth like a red butterfly. The glitter outfits from the Latvian group PeR are a bit over the top and the singing in the Macedonian entry has almost no harmony. The singer from Azerbaijan, Farid also has a spectacular stage show, another guy in a transparent plastic box plays his mirror image and a woman with a long sash walking on stage, very dramatic, but also a bit over the top.